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Exodus 18:13-26

  • Thus far in our The God Who Provides series, we have seen God deliver the Israelites from hunger, thirst and a battle, and then they celebrated their victories.
  • This is Life Group Connection Weekend, which provides an opportunity for people to take the next step in finding community and encouragement by meeting our Life Group Leaders following the service.
  • Life Groups are important for our spiritual development because they help us to: 1) develop godly relationships, 2) learn how to apply the Bible, 3) discover and develop our spiritual gifts, and 4) allow us to bring the Good New of Jesus to the world together.
  • Today as we continue our series, we will see Moses receive some help and in turn help others take their next step of following the Lord.
  • What areas in your life do you need to receive some help to take the next step in your faith?

We Receive The Help We Need By:

  • “When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he asked, ‘What are you really accomplishing here? Why are you trying to do all this alone while everyone stands around you from morning till evening?’” (Exodus 18:14)
  • We often do what we have always done because we don’t know anything else.
  • “Moses replied, ‘Because the people come to me to get a ruling from God. When a dispute arises, they come to me, and I am the one who settles the case between the quarreling parties. I inform the people of God’s decrees and give them his instructions.’” (Exodus 18:15-16)
  • There is nothing worse than living life feeling like you are stuck on a “hamster wheel.”
  • “Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.” (Proverbs 11:14 NASB)
  • Many people are looking for direction in all the wrong places.
  • “‘This is not good!’ Moses’ father-in-law exclaimed. ‘You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself.’” (Exodus 18:17-18)
  • “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  • Jesus says “follow Me” and you will have direction.
  • “Jesus called out to them, ‘Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!’” (Matthew 4:19)
  • Where can we receive direction from the Lord?

We Receive Direction From The Lord By:

    • “Now listen to me, and let me give you a word of advice, and may God be with you. You should continue to be the people’s representative before God, bringing their disputes to him.” (Exodus 18:19)
    • We gain so much insight from those who have been there before us.
    • “Teach them God’s decrees, and give them his instructions. Show them how to conduct their lives.” (Exodus 18:20)
    • The most direct revelation for direction has already been given through the written Word of God.
    • “The teaching of your word gives light, so even the simple can understand.” (Psalm 119:130)
    • “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” (Phillippians 4:6)
    • After we share our hearts with God, we need to sit and allow Him to share His heart with us.
    • “So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
    • We will never know what you can do until we try something out.
  • What are you needing direction in your life about?

We Receive The Help We Need By:

  • Jethro – “But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain…” (Exodus 18:21)
  • Growth was never designed to be a one man show.
    • “Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.’” (Genesis 2:18)
  • Why is it important to surround ourselves with others?

Involving Others In Our Lives Allows Us To:

    • Jethro to Moses – “If you follow this advice, and if God commands you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures, and all these people will go home in peace.” (Exodus 18:23)
    • We can avoid major pitfalls in our lives by listening to wisdom from others’ successes and failures.
    • “Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” (Phillippians 4:9)
    • We cannot stay sharp hanging around wood.
    • “People learn from one another, just as iron sharpens iron.” (Proverbs 27:17 TEV)
    • “Share each other’s troubles and problems.” (Galatians 6:2)
    • “Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed.” (James 5:16a Msg)
    • “Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.” – Swedish Proverb
    • “A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church.” (1 Corinthians 12:7)
    • We can provide ourselves temporary happy moments but encouragement requires others.
    • “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
    • “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.” (Romans 12:4-5)
    • Just as any part of our body cannot operate without leaning on another, so too does our lives require others to truly be functional.
    • What are areas in your life that you need others to help you share the load?

We Receive The Help We Need By:

  • “Moses listened to his father-in-law’s advice and followed his suggestions. He chose capable men from all over Israel and appointed them as leaders over the people. He put them in charge of groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten. These men were always available to solve the people’s common disputes. They brought the major cases to Moses, but they took care of the smaller matters themselves.” (Exodus 18:24-26)
  • Many in our day struggle with self-promotion
  • “…in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud…” (2 Timothy 3:1b-2a)
  • To succeed in taking our next step, we must surrender where we currently are.
  • “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” (James 4:10)What areas of my life am I currently having trouble surrendering?
  • To become all God’s called us to be we must be willing to: 1) Seek direction for our lives, 2) Surround ourselves with others that can help us grow, 3)Surrender our will to the Father.
  • Here at Celebration Church, our greatest opportunity to receive help is by joining a Life Group.
  • What is God showing me today and how will I respond?


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FIRST STEPS is the membership course for Celebration Church. This four-week course is designed to help the participant understand his first steps at Celebration Church, all the while setting him up for his next steps of growth and service.

  • Introduces Salvation, Baptism and Christian Growth.
  • History and Vision of Celebration
  • Promotes Worship Service Attendance and Church Involvement
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  • Launches Participants into Life Group
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  • Introduces Celebration Church Values and Spiritual Freedom
  • Reviews Membership Expectations
  • Launches Participants towards NEXT STEPS and DISCIPLESHIP PATHWAYS

The FIRST STEPS course takes place on four consecutive weeks

(Lesson One = Week One, Lesson Two = Week Two…). If someone misses a week one month, they can return the following month and make it up. Although people can start at any point, the flow of the course works better if they begin on Week one.


Welcome to Life Group Connection Sunday at Celebration. Today we are continuing THE GOD WHO PROVIDES sermon series. This series is a continuation of our study of the Old Testament Book of Exodus. We’re learning in this series that the same God who miraculously provided for His people in that day is still miraculously providing for His people in our day. You can find previous messages to listen to at

We’re also focusing today on getting everyone connected to a Life Group. Here are some reasons why everyone needs to be involved in an In-person or Online (or Hybrid) Life Group.

  • Life Groups help people learn Biblical principles and how to apply them to their lives
  • Life Groups help people develop godly friendships – people who will encourage them, pray for them, stand up for them and stand up to them when they’re on the wrong path.
  • Life Group provide fun, wholesome activities people can be involved in with Christians
  • Life Groups help people learn the power of prayer as they observe and pray with practiced prayer warriors, and as they see God answer their prayer requests
  • Life Groups provide opportunities for people to get involved in ministry activities in the Group, with the Group, in the Church and in the Community
  • Life Groups provide mentoring opportunities for people, so that newer Christians can learn from more mature Christians how to grow in their faith
  • Life Groups provide a support and encouragement for Christians to help them reach their friends, relatives, associates and neighbors with the message and ministry of Jesus

At Celebration we have In-person, Online and Hybrid Life Groups for Pre-Teens, Teens, College Students, Single Adults, Young Couples, Median-Age and Older Couples, Men and Women. You will find Life Groups all over our region, and you will find in those Groups some of the best people in all the world. And we’ve found that the majority of the happiest and strongest people in our Church are in a Life Group with others who are growing in their relationship with the Lord.

If you have been in a Life Group, reconnect with your Life Group this week. If you’re not in one, ask some people you know in our Church about how to get involved in one or click here to find one that meets your needs.

August 15 will be BRING A FRIEND Weekend at Celebration. On that weekend we will begin a new Sermon series based on the 10 Commandments (Written In Stone: God’s Commands For Life’s Demands) that will help people develop the kind of values that will strengthen their lives and propel them towards success. Therefore, our Pastors and I want to encourage you to be praying about who you want to bring to Church services with you (or invite to Online Services). Let me suggest that you:

  • Make a list of friends and family members you would like to see grow closer to the Lord
  • Start praying daily for those friends and family members
  • Invite them a week from now to attend BRING A FRIEND Sunday with you
  • Re-invite them during the week before BRING A FRIEND Sunday

85% of the people who ever attend a Church and become a follower of Jesus do so because they were invited by a trusted family member or friend. So this year, let’s all be that kind of friend to the people that know the best and love the most.

July 25 was ALL IN Baptism Sunday at Celebration, and 102 people were “baptized by immersion” last Sunday. If you want to be baptized like so many others at Celebration, let us know today on your Communication Card or at

Dennis Watson

Lead Pastor, Celebration Church


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Kidztown Children’s Ministry is all about partnering with parents to disciple the children who attend our church. Our Uptown ministry targets 1st through 4th Grade students, and our Downtown ministry is aimed at Birth to Kindergarten students. Each ministry area is a safe, secure and nurturing educational environment with our leaders and trained volunteers.

The Children’s Ministry of Celebration Church has a three-fold life purpose for every child, which is no different than the purpose for an adult’s life!

We want children to:

• Learn about Jesus
• Live for Jesus
• Let others know about Jesus

Our three-fold life purpose is designed to be experienced by our babies and toddlers just as much as it can be experienced by our elementary students. We want our babies to feel the love of Jesus the minute they come through our doorway.
As songs are sung and stories are read, children will understand that they are special in God’s Kingdom and will begin to open up their hearts and minds to receive the “Good News” of Jesus Christ. Our goal is for every child to become fully devoted followers of Christ, by asking Jesus to be their forever friend!

It is our privilege to partner with parents, grandparents and other significant adults in a child’s life as we embark on this journey together. The precious children that have been entrusted to our loving care are a treasure to us as well. We believe there is no greater call that to make a difference in the life of a child.

Visit our website by clicking the button below to meet our staff or apply to become a volunteer.

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Midpoint is a ministry just for 5th through 7th graders. Because we know that kids at this age are trying to figure out whether they are children or pre-teens, our Midpoint leaders work hard to create a “cool” atmosphere in the context of a very safe and protected environment. Their leaders and pastors teach them an age-appropriate message and then the young people are challenged to talk through how to apply those biblical principles to their lives in small group discussions.

Midpoint meets during all weekend worship services. Students join their parents for the music portion of the service and then are dismissed during the video announcements where leaders take them to their designated ministry area. Midpoint also has periodic outreach events, parties, field trips, games, crafts and other fun experiences centered around 5th through 7th graders.

Visit our website by clicking the button below to meet our staff or apply to become a volunteer.

The Social Youth Ministry is designed so our teenagers (8th-12th grade) can meet weekly for a fun, exciting, and relevant youth service that focuses on challenging teenagers in their daily lives. This service is planned with the intention of encouraging, motivating, and inspiring young people to overcome the challenges they face in life and to make a difference in the world they live in through Jesus Christ! All of our youth services are relevant to the searching teen, understandable to the new believer, and challenging for the mature believer. Throughout the week youth meet in small groups called Life Groups. Life Groups provide a community experience where teens can share what is happening in their lives and hold each other accountable for following the Bible lessons learned in their weekly Wednesday night service. Visit our website by clicking the button below to meet our staff or apply to become a volunteer.



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Dear Celebration Members and Guests,

Welcome to Christmas Eve at Celebration – where God is met, Love is felt and Lives are changed. Our Pastors, Leaders and I pray that you will be encouraged by today’s service.

Christmas is about God’s Son bringing hope and transformation to our world, and at Celebration people from all walks of life are experiencing Lord’s hope, joy and peace. Children and Teens in our Church are growing up to be strong, positive and spiritual individuals. College Students, Single Adults and Couples are learning how to have stronger lives and relationships as they find God’s purpose for their lives. Senior Adults are also finding new purpose as they mentor and minister to the generations that follow them. And many people are finding help, hope and healing for their lives through the ministries of our Church.

Through our Life Group ministry and other ministries, great friendships are being established, people are growing stronger spiritually and relationally, and they are learning how to have a positive influence on the world around them.

We would love for you to join us in upcoming weeks to discover more about God’s purposes and plans for your life, and to learn how you can experience His best in your life. In January we are beginning the TRANSFORMED spiritual growth emphasis. In this special emphasis we’re going to learn how to “transform” our lives, circumstances and relationships so we can become “transformers” of the culture around us.

To benefit fully from TRANSFORMED, our Pastors and I are sharing some critical concepts on upcoming weekends that will help us all prepare to become “transformed.”

  • On December 26-27 we will learn “How God Changes Us.”
  • On December January 2-3 we will learn about “The Five Habits Of Healthy People”
  • On January 9-10 we will learn “How To Have A Great Support System In Our Lives”

In the weeks that follow as we begin TRANSFORMED, we will learn in our Life Groups and In-person and Online Worship Services: 1) How To Set Personal Goals By Faith, 2) How To Get Close To God, 3) How To Move From Stressed To Blessed In Our Lives, 4) How To Change Our Lives By Changing Our Minds, 5) How To Overcome Fears That Ruin Relationships and much more. All of those teachings can be accessed Online as well as in In-person Life Groups and Worship Services. We would love for you to be a part of our TRANSFORMED emphasis.

Also to help people experience the transforming power of the Lord throughout 2021, we’re offering our Journey Through The Bible adventure that begins on January 1. Through daily podcasts and/or written devotions I’m going to be leading our people to read and journey through the entire Bible in 2021 in a way that will help them learn the stories and principles of the Bible and bring transformation to their lives, circumstances and relationships. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a great adventure through 2021. Sign up today to be a part of the Journey Through The Bible adventure (

This month, we are still collecting our EVERYONE NEEDS JESUS Christmas/Missions Offering. Our Christmas/Missions Offering goes directly to support Missionaries, Mission Ministries, and Mission Projects locally and around the world. We ask our People to give to this offering above their regular offering as a “Christmas gift to Jesus” to further support His work. You can give to the Everyone Needs Jesus offering today along with your regular offering, or you can give online at

Thanks again for joining us for our Christmas service. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Thanks for joining us today,

Dennis Watson

Lead Pastor, Celebration Church